CDP Investimenti has selected Studio 015 Paola Viganò as the winner of the Progetto Flaminio International Design Competition to master plan a new district surrounding the City of Science in Rome. After launching the competition in December 2014, CDP Investimenti Sgr and the Municipal Government received over 240 entries. Of those, six teams were shortlisted and given 24,000 euros each to develop and submit their final proposals. Learn more about the winning proposal after the break.
The competition site encompasses 5.1 hectares, is located 1km from the historic centre of Rome and Porta del Popolo, and includes important architecture like the Foro Italico, Olympic Village, Parco della Musica and the Maxxi Museum. The program includes a residential district of 35,000m2, 10,000m2 of retail and leisure facilities and 14,000m2 of public space. The competition marks the beginning of a process of urban transformation, integrating the neighbourhood into the context of contemporary Rome and ensuring coexistence with the City of Science.
The winning proposal reinforces the existing planning patterns of the district's part of Rome, extending beyond the actual project area and focusing on public space. The project proposes a north-south urban structure formed by linden trees running perpendicular to the promenade of via Guido Reni. This layout offers a variety of living and open spaces that aren't possible in other areas due to the huge military enclosures occupying the space. The design imagines a structure of spaces enhancing Via Guido Reni, extending the public space and transforming it into a tree-lined promenade, creating a link between the city and the river.
The broader space between the Ponte della Musica, the Monte Mario, Marco della Musica, and the Hill of Villa Gloria accommodates various flows, including pedestrians, public transport and cars at low speed. The southern area is dedicated to parks and public facilities, acting as a visual continuation of the Villa Flaminia park. Public facilities, businesses and services articulate and define the roles of the public spaces in the main plan.
Apart from the final winner, Studio 015 Paola Viganò, Juan Navarro Baldeweg / Enrico Da Gai, Caruso St John Architects, KCAP Architects & Planners, Labics-Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos and Ian+ were also shortlisted. An exhibition of the best proposals and results of the competition will be at the Maxxi Museum until July 5, 2015.